From Sun Star-Cagayan de Oro (Jul 1): Cafgu members undergo disaster preparedness training
ILIGAN CITY. Members of 5th Infantry Battalion Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit based in the hinterland village of Digkilaan in Iligan City cross this river in their two-day disaster preparedness training that was concluded Monday, June 29. (Contributed photo)
About 54 members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) under the supervision of Charlie Company of the 5th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army underwent a two-day training on basic disaster preparedness at Barangay Digkilaan here.
The training culminated Monday, June 29.
Captain Roderic Villamar, detachment commander of Charlie Company, said the Cafgu members in every barangay in Iligan City must undergo such training on disaster preparedness for they are at the front line and the first responder in times of disaster whether manmade or natural calamity.
The training was conducted on June 26 to 27 in cooperation with the trainers of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) here.
Loreto Tecson, chief of DRRMO, said they will sustain the training not only for the disaster but to include prevent crime prevention and solution.
"The City Government has just created the Crime and Calamity Action Team, a composite task force including the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and Civil Security Unit to respond to emergencies," Tecson said.
"At the height of CCAT creation last month, the joint operation team nabbed recently two prime suspects in the abduction and rape of a 17 years old student. One of two suspects was a police officer of Kapai, Lanao del Sur who was killed by responding civilians when he attempted to escape from authorities," Tecson said.
Acting Iligan City Mayor Ruderic Marzo committed to provide logistics for every Cafgu detachment that include equipment, handheld radios and monthly rice subsidy.